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Advice from Lisa and Becky

Our friends Lisa Truesdell (see her blog here) and Becky Novacek (see her website here) came to visit us in the office today. We got to pick their brains about scrapbooking trends, photography, and Project Life. See what we learned!

Project Life:

Lisa has been doing Project Life since 2011 (you may remember Lisa’s album from our February issue!) She takes a week-by-week approach, picking photos and journaling about moments that made up each week.

On planning out pages too much: “Shove it in and move on.” If you overthink your pages, it’s easy to get behind. And don’t worry about making mistakes or going back to embellish–you have plenty of other days to make up for it.

On getting behind: “If you’re behind, just start at the current week.” She says working on your current week will get you inspired to go back to previous weeks and catch-up.

And if you can’t catch up? “I don’t think it has to be all or nothing.” Lisa is missing 11 weeks from her 2011 album. Don’t worry about missing a few days here and there. Project Life is whatever you make it.

When you need more ideas: Have an empty page you just can’t fill? Lisa recommends digging through your recycling. Mail, the newspaper, and even cereal boxes are easy fillers on a page. If all else fails, journal about the week.

On including the family: Lisa gives her children and husband journaling cards. She also steals pictures from her husband’s Facebook. It gives a different perspective in the album and can help you keep up with moments you just couldn’t capture.

Photography:

Becky is an amazing photographer, who takes pictures for weddings, newborns, senior photos, etc.

On the technique you should be trying: “I love doing the hip or no-look shots.” Becky suggests snapping shots without looking or at hip level. It gives a different angle, a different perspective, and can sometimes yield really great candid shots.

How she organizes photos: Becky has seasonal folders for each year, as well as one for each of her grandchildren on her computer. When she takes pictures, she simply drops the photos in the correct folders. That way, she can easily find the photo she’s looking for.

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April Photo Challenge: Education

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is education. In the office, we love learning new scrapbooking techniques and tricks. But we also have other interests and hobbies. Education, whether it’s keeping up with something you love or learning something new, is important and fun!

See my education pic below. Although I used to play violin and guitar, I lost touch with instruments when I went to college. After a trip home recently, I grabbed my instruments and some old music and started playing again. It’s been a learning process,  but this little corner of my apartment is a good reminder that I can always learn and try new things.

 

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April Photo Challenge: Close-Up

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is close-ups. Getting up close and personal can add drama, interest, and detail to any photo subject. Macro shots allow you to capture all the special little things in your life that sometimes get lost in the big picture. The macro setting on your camera (look for a flower icon on most models) helps you get picture-perfect results every time. Get our best macro photography tips here.

See my close-up pic below. I took a normal shot of a bouquet of flowers sitting on the desk. The bouquet is beautiful, but you don’t get all the gorgeous details and colors from the first shot like you do with the close-up.

 

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April Photo Challenge: Decor You Crafted

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is decor you crafted. Here at Scrapbooks Etc., we use paper to craft more than just scrapbook pages. We make cards, holiday trinkets, gifts, and decor for our homes and offices. We encourage others to expand their crafting to other areas of their life than just recording memories.

See my crafted decor below. I made it to hang on one of the walls in my cubicle. I have an obsession with typewriters. I enlarged the typewriter paper piecing pattern (get it here) and revised our subway art download with different words (get it here) to look like it was coming out of the typewriter. Then, I punched stars from different color paper and sewed them together in a long chain.

 

 

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April Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is one of the most basic photography tricks to learn to make your pictures balanced and interesting. The basic idea of the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts. If you place the most important parts of your picture in the intersections, your photos will have a greater impact and follow the most natural line of sight.

See my rule of thirds picture below. I made sure to position the dog’s face (the most important part of the photo), at an intersection point of two lines.

 

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April Photo Challenge: Chaos

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is chaos. You can find chaos in every day life. Whether it’s your messy craft room, your children’s play date, or a nature scene, life is always full of action. Don’t be afraid to capture these moments of imperfection.

See my chaos picture below. Last night, there was a horrible storm. The wind was blowing, the rain and hail were coming down hard, and the lightning was streaking across the sky. I shot this photo out my picture window. It was raining so hard, you couldn’t see past the glass and the light from my apartment reflected the drops of water on the window.

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April Photo Challenge: In Your Bag

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is in your bag. What you have in your purse says a lot about you. It shows your organization style and what things you find important enough to carry around all day.

See inside my purse below. I just bought this purse yesterday, so it still looks pretty organized and neat.

 

 

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April Photo Challenge: Handwriting

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is handwriting. How many of us do our scrapbook journaling with a computer because we hate our handwriting? Journaling is a big part of recording your memories, but it’s hard to love the look of your page if you’re not a fan of what your writing looks like. But your handwriting tells a bigger story than just what you’re journaling! It’s a part of who you are and it’s unique. (We bet future generations will love to have your handwriting on your scrapbook pages!) See our creative journaling ideas here.

See my handwriting below. I snapped this pic of the millions of notes I have on my work desk.

 

 

 

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April Photo Challenge: Current Project

This April, we’re challenging all our readers to see their lives and the world around them with a creative eye. Follow our photo prompts every day. Upload your photos to Facebook (/scrapbooksetcmagazine) or Twitter (@scrapbooksetc) and tag us in your photo/post so we can see! Visit our blog every day for inspiration, great photo tips, and to see pics from our staff.

Today’s photo challenge is a current project. You’re probably more creative than you think you are. Whether your current project is a scrapbook page, invitations to a party, a knitted scarf, or even rearranging a room, you are creative every day. Taking photos of your projects can help you remember what you worked on, the ideas you really liked from your work, and to show off to friends and family!

See my current project below. I’ve been working on my Project Life since January. I usually set aside three days a month to catch up with all my pages and edit pictures. Want to get involved in Project Life? It’s never too late to start! See our inspiration here!

 

 

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Chevron Card Sketch from Valerie Salmon

We’ve been seeing the chevron pattern in various paper-crafting projects these days.  With its popularity, I wanted to create a card sketch featuring this fun element. Whether you are creating these by hand, using premade borders, or even adding a chevron-printed patterned paper, you have to admit this design adds something fun and fresh to any project.  Happy crafting!

Designed by Valerie Salmon of Got Sketch?

 

“Happy Birthday” Card

Designed by Lisette Gibbons

SOURCES  Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper | Patterned Paper: Basic Grey (Konichiwa collection) | Felt: Papertrey Ink (Chartreuse) | Clear Stamps: Papertrey Inks (Simple Sentiments), Waltzingmouse Stamps (Say It Loud) | Ink: Stampin’Up (Chocolate Chip) | Dies: Papertrey Ink (In Bloom, Beautiful Blooms, Double Ended Banners) | Fabric: Spotlight | Ribbon: The Ribbon Man | Punch: Woodware Craft Collection (Square Punch)

Designer’s Notes: 

Use fabric as well as paper to add texture and depth to your card.

You’re Amazing” Card

Designed by Lisette Gibbons

SOURCES  Papertrey Ink | Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye (Follow Your Heart collection) | Ribbon: The Ribbon Man | Brads: My Mind’s Eys | Clear Stamp: Papertrey Ink (Script Sentiments), Button: Papertrey Ink | Corner Rounder: Zutter | Ink: Staz’On (Jet Black) | Dies: Papertrey Ink (Beautiful Blooms) | Punch: Woodware Craft Collection (Square Punch) | Pinking Scissors

Designer’s Notes: 

Keep the colours you use to a limit of three or four. To keep a pleasing balance on the card, I only used two lines of chevron stripes instead of three.

“You are Simply the Best” Card

Designed by Kimberly Neddo

SOURCES   Noel Mignon’s March kit- Cardstock: Bazzill-Kraft; Patterned Paper: Studio Calico-Flower Bed, Echo Park- Numbers; October Afternoon- Guest Room and Phonograph; Twine: My Mind’s Eye- Follow your heart; Brad: Echo Park- This and That; Mist: October Afternoon-Tin Type; Stamp: Technique Tuesday- Simply you by Ali Edwards; Ink: Hero Arts- Wet Cement; Fabrips: Studio Calico- Orange

Designer’s Notes: 

There are so many different fun ways to make the Chevron pattern. I love creating different looks with patterned papers. I simply cut my paper in 3/4 inch strips and by 2 inches each, and arranged them next to each other. To create the background image, I used a mask and the mist for a shadow effect. To create the flower, I simply twisted the fabrip around my finger and pressed it down. Then I layered it with some patterned paper and a brad.

 

“Today is your Day” Card

Designed by Robyn Weatherspoon

SOURCES  Bazzill Cardstock, October Afternoon paper, Unity Stamps, Stephanie Barnard Ink-Chocolate, Colorbox Fluid Chalk-Chestnut Roan, Donna Salazar Fairy Dust, Clearsnap Glue Gloss, Sizzix 3D Flower Die by Eileen Hull, BoBunny Jewels, Offray Ribbon.

Designer’s Notes: 

When working with dies, don’t be afraid to change the look of the cut design.  Have fun and manipulate the paper into whatever shape you want. For example, this flower die is a flat design, but since I wanted my flower to really be 3D on my card, I rolled the ends of each petal, chalked the edges for added dimension, and added glitter to make it really stand out.

“Some Bunny loves You” Card

Designed by Andrea Budjack

SOURCES    Melissa Frances – paper.  Simple Stories – paper.  October Afternoon – paper.  The Girls Paperie – paper.  Glitz – stamp.  Papertrey Ink – cardstock, ink, sentiment stamp, buttons.  Pink Persimmon – stamp.  Prairie Bird Boutique – ribbon.  BossKut – bunny die.  Giant Dwarf – felt.  Epiphany Crafts – heart punch.  David Tutera – adhesive pearl.  twine.

Designer’s Notes: 

The best thing about a sketch is using the element layers in your own way.  In this card I broke down each layer by position or quantity and laid it out based upon my own theme/idea.  By breaking it down this way you can bring so much attention to each component.

‘Want more sketches?  Visit the Got Sketch? blog for more inspiring ideas to fit your scrappy needs.

Get ideas.  Be inspired. 

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www.valeriesalmon.com

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